8.286 The Early Universe

Class Info

Introduction to modern cosmology. First half deals with the development of the big bang theory from 1915 to 1980, and latter half with recent impact of particle theory. Topics: special relativity and the Doppler effect, Newtonian cosmological models, introduction to non-Euclidean spaces, thermal radiation and early history of the universe, big bang nucleosynthesis, introduction to grand unified theories and other recent developments in particle theory, baryogenesis, the inflationary universe model, and the evolution of galactic structure.

This class has 18.03, and 8.02 as prerequisites.

8.286 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by A. Guth.

Lecture occurs 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays in 4-163.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the The Early Universe site or on the 8.286 Stellar site.

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